Written in January 2020 but reposted in April 2021
After reading how Brogan Tate has been implementing self-care in her life, I was inspired to think about my own routine. Therefore, I have put together a post that will highlight self-care habits that will better your life!
Last year I began to get better at integrating more self-care into my routine. Towards the end of the year I began to put it into my diary/on my daily lists. I honestly believe having a positive self-care routine is essential for our well-being and to be able to connect to your true self. Plus it is important for us to have that time solely focusing on just you. I think we all forget sometimes that thinking about ourselves is just as important as thinking about others, so make sure you (if you haven’t already) begin implementing selfc-care habits into your life today!
Now let’s get into the self-care habits that will better your life below.
This year I want to love myself a lot more, and give myself more credit for the things I do. I want to praise myself for little and big things that I achieve and tell myself regularly that I am proud. This is something I think we all should do more, and it’s beneficial for our mental health. Also the more you tell yourself you are amazing the more you will start to believe it.
Therefore, I think this should be part of all of our self-care habits to implement into our lives. It is always important to truly appreciate and love who we all. But also to celebrate what we do and be proud of that. We all need a little bit more of self-love, and we need to continue to talk about it too and just encourage each other.
I began to meditate last year properly and started off really well, and then towards the end of the year I pushed it aside. However, I have begun to integrate meditation back in to my life and routine again. Even if it is just 5 minutes in the morning or before bed I personally find it helps me to just clear my mind.
Of course meditation is not for everyone and it doesn’t work for all, therefore just find your own meditation equivalent. But for me it does help especially when I do it in the morning, it gives me a chance to clear my mind and start my day off well.
As I mentioned towards the end of last year I began to schedule self-care into my diary and onto my lists. Honestly I recommend doing this because it will motivate you to stick to actually implementing that self-care.
I normally schedule everything into my planner; my runs, my workouts, when I will be posting blog posts and as I have mentioned my self-care. It could be scheduled into your planner broken down for example, “face mask and bath” or “read for 30 minutes”. Whatever it is that you want as part of your self-care routine then schedule it in!
More sustainable and Less buying
Something else that has made it on my self-care habits is being more sustainable. I have begun to research more into sustainability and the environment, which has influenced personal habits that I have changed in my life.
For example, sustainability has influenced my self-care habits through buying less (well less impulse buying), and thinking about the products that I do buy. Not only will this benefit me it will also be positive on our environment, so it’s a win win really.
Something else that has made it a part of my self-care habits is to get myself outside more. I want to experience my environment around me more, and if I have a day off then I want to just spend it outside in nature.
This can also include going for walks during the morning or my lunch break too. Not only will this be beneficial for my mental health, but also walking is great for my physical health too. Plus sometimes you end up exploring places you never knew were in your area, and I love finding those hidden gems.
I feel like a lot of people have been getting out more this past year and that is something I have seen people state that they want that to stay in their lives. This is great and I am definitely one of those people, I appreciate the nature and outside world a lot more now.
Limiting Screen Time
Of course limiting screen time had to make it onto my self-care habits. This is because technology has had a huge increase in all of our lives. It can be extremely hard to switch off when you work on a laptop/computer and you are constantly scrolling on your phone.
Now I am quite good with my phone and I don’t tend to go on it that much, but I do understand that it can be easy to fall into a trap with having to go on social media. I am just a more “in the moment” person and this is probably why a lot of people around me will argue that I am bad at replying to messages.
If you don’t do this already then I definitely recommend limiting your screen time every day and realise how much difference this does actually make to your life! Plus you will realise that there is so much more to life than social media. Of course if it is part of your job then just try to limit it as much as you can do without it affecting what you do career wise.
Myself and Ryan have both been saving since forever for a house and this is something I want to continue but get better at during this year.
We are both genuinely good with our finances but I find it is good practice and should be part of your self-care habits if not already. You can do this by just noting down/creating a spreadsheet that will document what you are spending. I already do this and find it super useful so I can see if there is anything I can stop spending my money on or if there is anything I need to change.
When you are conscious with your money and finances then this will positively impact your health too, because less money worries will be better when it comes to looking after you.
The last few years I have really enjoyed cleaning. This is something I never thought I would ever say, but I definitely want this within my self-care habits. It is something that has also been making it’s way into my diary and lists!
Also I want to have one deep clean a month (cleaning everything). But also every three months a deep clean of everything I own, which I will go through on the basis of “if I haven’t used it or worn it within the last 3 months then should it go”. You know what they say â€œtidy room tidy mindâ€, and this goes together with my less buying mentality too.
I just want to be in a space that I feel happy and comfortable in, and I know that it is looked after well. Because your space really does affect your mood and how you function in other areas of your life too.
what are some self-care habits you implement into your life?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x
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Omg these sound like such amazing habits and I definitely need to take a leaf out of your book and use some of these habits too. Especially the less screen time one and meditation. 2020 will be our year!!xx
Thank you sweet! I wanna be much more focused on looking after myself this year ðŸ˜Š I definitely recommend it!! Yes girl it really will be xxx
I love this list! I think everything you mentioned is really important and I can totally see how it contributes to more self care overall! ðŸ˜ Good luck with everything, I’m sure you’ll manage to keep them a long time!! ðŸ’ª I personally would like to start going to the gym and stretch more!
Thank you! That is something I think we all should concentrate more on, looking after ourselvesðŸ˜Š thanks lovely! Those sound like good aims, I know you can do it ðŸ˜ x
GREAT post! I agree with all of your points but most importantly: less screen time. I now turn my apps off for hours at a time and leave my phone in other rooms so that I can just focus on what I need to do. I work better and I feel much better for it!
Thank you! That is a great idea, I do the same in terms of putting my phone away from me so I can focus on my work â˜ºï¸
I completely agree with all these! I also started scheduling some self care time in my to do list and does really help! i have been wanting to trying meditation for so long and pushed it aside. Less screen time is still something I am working on, now i try and turn my phone off during the day so I am not tempted, thanks for sharing x
It honestly helps so much! That is a great idea, thank you! X
Honestly, I’ve implemented ALL of these into my life over the last few years and it’s 100% made my life better. Small things like positive self talk, self massage, listening inwards and putting your self care first can make the world of difference. I also do a future self meditation every week which is INCREDIBLE xxx
I couldnâ€™t agree more! I love positive self-talk, and that sounds amazing! I definitely need to change up my meditation a bit xxx
I adore this post! I’m going through a period of transition where I’m really learning to take better care of myself. I think it’s all about finding those things that work for you. I’ve just taken up rollerskating as a means of moving/taking time away from the mundane everyday and I’m honestly finding it’s helping me leaps and bounds besides meditation and journaling
Thank you so much! Oh wow I have not done roller skating since a kid, I bet that is so much fun! â˜ºï¸ it sounds great hun keep at it! X
Yes to all of these habits especially limiting screen time, getting out and about and meditating xx
I love doing meditation as a form of self care, it really is so relaxing and it’s a great way to just focus on yourself, I love all these other self care habits too! x
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It is so good isnâ€™t it! Thank you so much x
These are some really great suggestions! I am trying to practise more self care. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much! Self-care is always good 🙂 xx